Miniatures paintings are beautiful handmade paintings, which are quite colorful but small in size. The highlight of these paintings is the intricate and delicate brushwork, which lends them a unique identity. The colors are handmade, from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. The most common theme of the Miniature painting of India comprises of the Ragas i.e., the musical codes of Indian classical music. There were a number of miniature schools in the country, including those of Mughals, Rajputs and the Deccan.
History of Miniature Painting in India
The evolution of Indian Miniatures paintings started in the Western
Himalayas, around the 17th century. These paintings were highly
influenced by the mural paintings that originated during the later half
of the 18th century. During the time of the Mughals, Muslim kings of the
Deccan and Malwa as well as the Hindu Rajas of Rajasthan, this art
flourished to quite an extent. Infact, the Mughals were responsible for
introducing Persian tradition in the Miniature paintings of India. The
credit for western influence can be ascribed to the Muslim kings.
Schools of Miniature Painting
The different schools of the Miniature paintings of India include: